Taipei is the city where you can grab yourself a bag of Almond Strips & Fish (or any number of other random snacks) and wander the streets marvelling at mega malls, curiosity shops, skyscrapers, street markets and the scent of stinky tofu – a local delicacy tourists can rarely stand near, let alone taste. With wonky wooden tea houses and Guinness World Record-breaking elevators sharing a postcode in this colourful capital, it’s a kaleidoscopic collision of tradition and technology that’s full of surprises (like the toilets fitted with water jets and air driers!).
WHERE TO STAY:
andarin Oriental properties are ranked among the world’s leading hotels, so you know you’re going to get A-list luxury at Mandarin Oriental Taipei, but that won’t stop you gasping as you walk into the lobby – the ballroom-like proportions and expanse of glistening marble will amaze even the most jaded five-star travellers. The suites are equally “OMG!” with deluxe details, from the we-so-want-that dragonfly wallpaper and glam Art Deco fixtures to the walk-in wardrobes and Diptyque toiletries.